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The Williamsport Chamber Players. Photo courtesy of the Community Arts Center

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Chamber Players will kick off its inaugural season on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at the Community Arts Center (CAC) in downtown Williamsport.

Sponsored by Lycoming College and directed by William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Lycoming College and department chair, the group brings together top local musicians who share a passion for performing small ensemble and chamber music.

The first concert, “The Music of Poulenc,” will feature the works of Francis Poulenc, including “Sonata for horn, trumpet, and trombone,” and “Suite française.” The repertoire also includes “Aubade” for piano and 18 instruments, featuring pianist Gary Boerckel, Ph.D., professor emeritus of music at Lycoming College.

Concert goers will enjoy stunning musical performances paired with visual multimedia and captivating conversation.

“This WCP series is intended to grow the classical music offerings in the community, as well as to provide an opportunity for area professional musicians to perform great music that is often neglected,” said Ciabattari. “The format of the concerts is designed to engage the audience more by bringing the action to the edge of the CAC stage and dropping a screen behind. We will project HD images of the performers close up during the concert so that the action can be experienced by the audience, as well as provide context for the music with short lectures given by members of the group.”

Future concerts for the series include “Glorious Serenades” on Jan. 29 at the CAC, “Transition Points: Instrumental Music for Two Voices” on Feb. 23 in Lycoming College’s Shangraw Performance Hall in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, and “Sighs that Blow the Fire of Love: The Henry Purcell Primer” on Apr. 26 at the CAC.

All performances begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased at the CAC box office or on the CAC’s website.